Patchouli essential oil is a powerful and wonderfully scented herb. It’s the main component in a great many different aromatherapy and massage oils, it’s used as a household cleaning product, and it’s part of dozens of other products and home care products as well. In the following article, I’ll talk about the main uses for patchouli oil, its proven health benefits, and what you can do to maximize the benefits of using this herb.
Patchouli is most widely known for its aromatic properties, and for being a strong relaxing, invigorating and pungent plant. But patchouli also has a number of other uses. For example, patchouli is often blended with sandalwood and calendula for a nice invigorating, cooling aroma that brings back memories of warm summer days.
Patchouli also can be mixed with coconut oil, tea tree oil, or tea bags, which are favorite fragrance ingredients for people who enjoy using them as perfumes and body sprays. You can also blend it with lavender and chamomile for a soothing, calming aroma.
Patchouli is also known for its ability to reduce wrinkles and to soothe inflamed and irritated skin. When applied to the skin, the oil reduces the effects of sun damage, making it a wonderful way to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging UV rays. It can also be used to treat skin disorders, such as dermatitis and eczema.
Patchouli is also often used in conjunction with various ointments and creams to treat eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It’s also combined with honey to keep the skin hydrated and moist.
Patchouli oil is also used to freshen upthe air and aromatherapy. The scent of the oil is often an ideal grounding for the other aromas associated with a particular area or state of mind. In combination with Rosemary, a bit of patchouli can be used to give the aromatic scent of a room or hallway with a light floral presence.
Patchouli is also used in making perfumes and bath products, such as oil blends, soaps, and bath gels. Because of its spicy, musky character, it’s sometimes added to vanilla soap, making it a wonderful fragrance addition to any soap.
Patchouli essential oil is also added to cooking, particularly in sauces and stews. Its spiciness and muskiness combine very well with garlic, onion, and chili peppers, creating a wonderfully soothing and delicious sauce that is sure to please any meat lover, chili enthusiast, or cilantro fan.
Patchouli and jasmine are another combination that has been widely used for great shower gels and bubble baths. If you use this combination, add some flowers such as chrysanthemums or roses to help balance the scent.
Patchouli and peppermint are also a very popular combination. This combo is often combined with lemon balm to make a lovely, uplifting, and cooling tea scent. Peppermint oil is also used in soaps and body washes, for a very pleasant, exotic and delightful scent.
An earthen jar is a great place to store patches, for the rich floral essence of patchouli can often smell stronger than it really is if not vented properly. A traditional earthen jar should be lined with paper towels and covered with heavy plastic, allowing the fragrant liquid to air out.
Patchouli essential oil has many great qualities, and can provide you with a number of wonderful ways to smell good at home, at work, or while enjoying a romantic evening with your spouse. To get the most out of your purchase, you will need to allow the oil to age in a hot, dry environment, and then store it in a warm dark place. For best results, try mixing it with sweet almond oil for a wonderful fresh smelling spray, or perfume.